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Experimental Study of Informal Rewards in Peer Production

April 29, 2012

Experimental Study of Informal Rewards in Peer Production
Source: PLoS ONE

We test the effects of informal rewards in online peer production. Using a randomized, experimental design, we assigned editing awards or “barnstars” to a subset of the 1% most productive Wikipedia contributors. Comparison with the control group shows that receiving a barnstar increases productivity by 60% and makes contributors six times more likely to receive additional barnstars from other community members, revealing that informal rewards significantly impact individual effort.

See: Informal Awards Contribute to Higher Wikipedia Participation (Science Daily)

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